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Marijuana Use Lowers Metabolic Syndrome

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Marijuana is one of the most widely used drugs in the United States and many states have legalized the medical use of cannabis. Marijuana is legal for recreational use in Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon.  Despite an increasing use of marijuana in different forms, good scientific studies are not often done. A new study on the effects of marijuana on the metabolic syndrome was published in The American Journal of Medicine in February, 2016. This is the first study that examined relationships of marijuana use with the metabolic syndrome across stages of adulthood.  The Metabolic Syndrome is a dangerous combination of hypertension, obesity, high triglycerides, high glucose and low HDL (good) cholesterol. It is a significant risk factor for cardiac disease and diabetes. Until now we have not understood the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in cannabis on cardiovascular health. 
The study analyzed marijuana use in persons 20-59 years old, including past a…